Safety Evaluation of Cosmetic Ingredients

Cosmetics are regulated in the European Union by Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009.

The main objectives of this regulation are to create a set of rules that all cosmetics comply with and to ensure a high level of protection for human health.

One of the requirements of the regulation is that prior to placing the product on the market a safety assessment must be carried out. The regulation specifies that this safety assessment should be in the form of a cosmetic product safety report.

The cosmetic product safety report is the cosmetic safety assessor’s opinion that the product is safe in normal and foreseeable use and complies with the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009.


Responsible Person (UK Market)

All cosmetic products available to consumers must have a ‘Responsible Person’ who makes sure safety measures are followed and legal obligations are met.

A Responsible Person can be a business or an individual (including sole traders). A Responsible Person must have a UK established address to make cosmetic products available in GB. A UK established address does not include mail forwarding or PO box addresses.

A Responsible Person can be either:

  • the manufacturer
  • the importer
  • the distributor, if they label the product as their own (for example, using their brand name)
  • an appointed company or person (who is named by the manufacturer or the importer).

Product Information File

The PIF is a technical dossier that gathers all necessary and relevant information and documentation available for each cosmetic product being sold.

"When a cosmetic product is placed on the market, the responsible person shall keep a product information file for it."

Cosmetic Product Safety Report

A CPSR – or Cosmetic Safety Assessment – is a document, prepared and signed by a Qualified Cosmetic Safety Assessor, that confirms whether or not a particular product complies with UK and EU cosmetic regulation. All cosmetic products placed on the UK and EU must have one.

Formulation Review

Are your ingredients in the list of Annexes presented in the Cosmetic Regulation? Do you know if they are PROHIBITED, ALLOWED WITH RESTRICTIONS or BANNED?

This service is where we resive your formula to make sure your ingredient does not fall under the annexes mentioned above.

Lab Testing

Our UKAS accredited laboratory (lab reference 4045) provides a range of microbiological and stability testing services incuding Microbiological Testing (Challenge / Preservative Efficacy Testing, Quality Control Testing and Vegan accredited testing) and Stability Testing. 



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